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‘Twilight Zone:’ Casino closings hurt Mississippi county

Since mid-March, the wide roads leading to the gambling halls of Tunica County have been devoid of cars. The bells of the slot machines and chatter from hopeful card players have gone silent. Hundreds of hotel rooms have been empty for two months, and thousands of people have lost their jobs, at least temporarily. As it has in so many ...

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Hotels treading water in Coronavirus tide

By JACK WEATHERLY Hotels across Mississippi and the nation are treading water as they wait for the Coronavirus tide to recede and the economy to fully reopen. Occupancy ranges from single digit percentages to low 20 percentages, according to two lodging associations in Mississippi. Target occupancy rates are 60 to 70 percent “at the very least” said Pat Fontaine, executive ...

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Festival for king of rock ‘n’ roll goes virtual amid virus

The switch to virtual events during the coronavirus pandemic includes a festival honoring the king of rock ‘n’ roll. Organizers for the Tupelo Elvis Festival in Mississippi announced Wednesday the music event slated to be held in June will now be a virtual gathering. “The health and safety of our patrons is most important, but we are excited to share our festival ...

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Massive tuna caught in Mississippi breaks state record

There’s a new state record in place in Mississippi for Yellowfin Tuna. Michael McElroy III, of Hattiesburg, landed a fish weighing 236 pounds, 9.6 ounces (107 kilograms, 272 grams) last month. The state Commission on Marine Resources on Tuesday certified the catch as a state fishing record for the species using conventional tackle, the agency said in a news release. ...

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LYNN LOFTON — Gray hair, travel deals, ice cream and other serious Covid issues

Oh great, Harvard researchers are saying that stress causes hair to turn gray. I think we sort of knew that before but now it must be so if Harvard says it, right? Show me anyone in the U.S. who isn’t stressed right now and I’ll show you a five year old. In fact my five-year-old granddaughter thinks everything is just ...

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MBJ FOCUS: State’s tourism tumbles amid pandemic

By LISA MONTI The year started out on an upbeat note for the Coast’s tourism industry. The visitor numbers for January and February were the best in four years, and March was on track to continue the trend. Nearly $750 million worth of projects including upscale hotels and the Mississippi Aquarium were on the verge of opening. Coastal Mississippi, the ...

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VCVB’s Gatian Receives Tourism Marketing Certification

Ashley Gatian, sales manager at the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCVB), has earned certification as a “Travel Marketing Professional” after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. Gatian has worked at the VCVB since February 2012 and is responsible for group tours, recruiting meetings and conventions, international sales, and facilitating travel media.

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COVID-19 not yet impacting visitation and conventions on Coast and Jackson

By BECKY GILLETTE The situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S. is rapidly changing. An example is the number of states with confirmed cases went from 19 on March 6 to 34 states and the District of Columbia on March 9. There is great concern about nose dives in the U.S. stock markets, and how fears of ...

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And the Grammy (Museum) goes to … Cleveland Mississippi

Tourism tax revenue has increased nearly 34 percent in Cleveland in the last five years By NASH NUNNERY The announcement stunned the entertainment world nine years ago. “And the Grammy (Museum) goes to…Cleveland… Mississippi.” The second and only official Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles, Grammy Museum Mississippi opened but a stone’s throw from the Delta State University campus in ...

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Elvis museum helps drive business in Tupelo

By LYNN LOFTON He’s been deceased 43 years but Elvis Presley is still making money for Tupelo, his hometown. The Lee County city is about all things Elvis — his birthplace and museum, a festival and sites around town such as the hardware store where he purchased his first guitar and the restored Lyric Theater where he saw movies and ...

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